Yesterday, ESPNU ran a number of High School Basketball games. One of those games featured #9 Milton (GA), including point guard Shannon Scott, against #1 Oak Hill (VA). Oak Hill found themselves down quickly to a surprisingly talented Milton team and eventually lost 75-69 at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.
The storyline of the game, though, was the play of Shannon Scott, an OSU Basketball signee. Scott, who was matched up against Duke signee Quinn Cook, scored 12 points in the first half on the way to a 24-7 Milton lead. While Scott was not forced to guard Cook one-on-one, he was still able to display great ability in driving past Cook to the basket. Cook scored 16 points and picked up 8 assists, but shot an abysmal 5-19 (26.3%) from the floor.
This is a great sign for OSU going into next season. With Aaron Craft doing so much this year, including what I believe to have been a breakout game for him against Penn State last night, along with Lenzelle Smith and Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes will be set at point guard heading into the future. This has been such a sore position of need for us the last few seasons, so it’s big to have a stable of great players to fit into the position. Scott will clearly provide another dimension, possibly playing a critical 6 man role by scoring off the bench. This would be exactly opposed to Aaron Craft’s more floor general, distributor style. A nice change of pace during the course of a game.
For more discussion of the Milton/Oak Hill game, the ESPN game preview can be found here.